Looking Up & Forward

Fifties Ford - Fort Vermilion, Ab - Canada
Fifties Ford – Fort Vermilion, Ab – Canada

The day held a meeting and rather than a team of colleagues going, I would attend the meeting alone. I took camera gear with me. I hoped that the day would yield photographs, that I would find myself within the situation of a photograph. Having left early enough, I could scout out possible images; there was no need for haste through the morning’s seventy-eight kilometre drive.

The day held different gifts.

A year ago, a friend related an experience. He’d needed to take a call and had parked his service truck in a farmer’s farm entrance to be off the highway. He’d needed to turn his vehicle around, backing it onto the highway. Before he moved too far, he looked up, forward to find an old truck, perhaps a Ford, from the fifties or sixties. He captured the image with his smartphone. On this day, traveling to a meeting, I was in his neck of the woods, perhaps no more than three or four kilometres from Fort Vermilion and I saw the vehicle he was referring to from the highway. At day’s end, I would return and see if a photograph was possible. With less than an hour of daylight left I was able stop and take a series of shots.

The image above was the image photographed.

Shed - Buttertown, Ab - Canada 1
Shed – Buttertown, Ab – Canada 1
Shed - Buttertown, Ab - Canada 2
Shed – Buttertown, Ab – Canada 2
Shed - Buttertown, Ab - Canada 3
Shed – Buttertown, Ab – Canada 3
Windrow - Buttertown, Ab - Canada
Windrow – Buttertown, Ab – Canada
Combine - Buttertown, Ab - Canada
Combine – Buttertown, Ab – Canada

I intended to travel from Fort Vermilion to the north settlement after the meeting. At the meeting I asked a friend and colleague about the north settlement. “Would I be able to access or walk in to the St. Louis Catholic Mission church?” She didn’t know. But, the revelation was to find that she lived in the north settlement. Her and her husband’s families had lived in the north settlement through generations. She is someone who knows the stories of the north settlement, of Buttertown. That’s something.

These images are Buttertown, north settlement images.

Listening to – Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill,’ Peter Gabriel’s ‘Mercy Street’ and Roxy Music’s ‘More Than This.’

Quote to Consider – “The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” Scott Lorenzo

2 thoughts on “Looking Up & Forward

    1. Hey there, James:

      You’re on target … five minutes with a glove-less hand working the camera and shutter button was a hand-numbing experience. Here, though, the sense of cold connects with you … good, thank you.

      Please stay in touch … I’m liking your images. Take care … 😉

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